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What is a Chihuahua?

Chihuahua traits

Chi
Toy
6-9 inches
2-7 pounds
12-20 years
Chihuahua characteristics
Lifespan
5 yrs 20 yrs
Grooming needs
Occasionally Frequently
Good with kids
Needs lots of supervision Ready to play
Good with cats
Likely to chase Hey, new pal!
Training Aptitude
Headstrong Eager to please
Full-grown size
Teeny Tiny Super size
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Prince

Chihuahua

Male, Adult
West Hollywood, CA
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Not good with kids, Not good with dogs, Good with cats, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Prince is a 5 year old chihuahua who was adopted from a rescue a year ago. He gets along with his sister who is slightly bigger than him, and generally gets along with other smaller dogs but is reactive towards big dogs. He has high separation anxiety and would do best with someone who stays home. He is very sweet and loving towards people.
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Jasmine

Chihuahua

Female, 2 yrs 6 mos
West Hollywood, CA
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
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Pepper

Chihuahua

Male, 6 yrs
Los Angeles, CA
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, Good with cats, House-trained, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
Pepper is such a playful baby. He always takes he's toys outside to play with. He get along great with all the small dogs and can't get enough playtime. He loves children and like a child listening isn't one of he's attributes. He was surrendered with Conchi and they always look for each other. To apply go to rocknpawzrescue.com and Download the application and return it to rocknpawzrescue@gmail.com
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Plum

Chihuahua

Male, 3 yrs 8 mos
Los Angeles, CA
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Shots are up-to-date,
Story
I am a puppy. I'm very cute I'm not potty trained because I'm a puppy I'm not trained in anything because I'm a puppy I'm teething because I'm a puppy I'm a puppy please remember I'm a puppy. I do not like car rides they make me sick. To apply go to rocknpawzrescue.com and Download the application and return it to rocknpawzrescue@gmail.com
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Lucy

Chihuahua

Female, 3 yrs 9 mos
Los Angeles, CA
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Good with kids, Good with dogs, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
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Lilly

Chihuahua

Female, 3 yrs 9 mos
Los Angeles, CA
Size
(when grown) Small 25 lbs (11 kg) or less
Details
Good with dogs, Spayed or Neutered, Shots are up-to-date,
Story
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Frequently asked questions

Chihuahua Basics

Learn about about Chihuahua basics like where Chihuahua come from, how many different types of Chihuahua you can find, and what other breeds mix with Chihuahua.

On average, Chihuahuas live to be 12 to 20 years old. Of course, their lifespan can be influenced by factors like genetics, diet, exercise, and overall care. So, if you’re aiming for the long haul with your Chihuahua, provide them with the right blend of love, proper nutrition, and regular check-ups.

Chihuahuas weren’t bred with a singular job in mind like some of their working-class canine counterparts. Instead, they found their place as loyal companions to people. Chihuahuas may be descendants of the Techichi, a small dog that was used in religious ceremonies and as a source of food.

Chihuahuas stop growing around the age of eight months. At that point, they tend to reach their adult height and weight. They might still continue to develop in subtle ways until they’re about a year old.

The Chihuahua is not a hypoallergenic dog breed. Chihuahuas might be small in size, but their impact on allergies can vary from person to person. While no dog is completely hypoallergenic (meaning they won’t trigger any allergies at all), some individuals with allergies might find a Chihuahua more manageable for their allergies due to their small size and short coats.

There is only one breed of Chihuahua. Several mixed-breeds count a Chihuahua as one parent, and which can take on the Chihuahua’s qualities, such as their small size, including:



There are two recognized types of Chihuahua: the smooth-coated Chihuahua and the long-coated Chihuahua. Chihuahuas of both types can have coats that are a range of colors and patterns, making each Chihuahua incredibly unique. Common types of Chihuahuas include:


  • Short-haired Chihuahua

  • Long-haired Chihuahua

  • Apple-head Chihuahua

  • Deer-head Chihuahua

  • Pear-head Chihuahua

  • Teacup Chihuahua


The Chihuahua is named after the Mexican State of Chihuahua, where they originate. The breed was first mentioned in the 19th century by conquistadors. Though the breed has likely been around for centuries, some dog historians have theorized that the modern Chihuahua is a result of crossbreeding small, hairless dogs (Xoloitzcuintli) from the Toltec Mexican tribe and the Aztec “Techichi” breed. Others hypothesize that early versions of this breed came to the Americas with the Spanish in the 16th century or even earlier from China.

Chihuahua Appearance

Learn about about the Chihuahua general appearance like their size, colors, and grooming needs.

Chihuahuas come in a wide variety of colors; there are more than ten standard Chihuahua colors and patterns. Standard Chihuahua colors include black, black and tan, fawn, fawn and white, blue and tan, cream, chocolate, chocolate and tan, and red. 


While the American Kennel Club acknowledges other colors and patterns, such as brindle, sable, and merle, they might not be considered “standard” for the show ring. There is a wide variety of colors and patterns within the breed; nearly 40 colors and pattern combinations might be seen with these pups.

Adult Chihuahuas typically weigh between two to seven pounds. But, just like people, some Chihuahuas might be on the lighter side of the scale, while others might carry a bit more heft. All of them fit comfortably in a lap, though.

Chihuahuas do not get very big; they are extremely small dogs — in fact, they’re the smallest dog breed in the world. Chihuahuas weigh two to seven pounds and reach six to nine inches tall at the shoulder.

Chihuahuas are low to moderate shedders who shed less than other toy varieties, but the amount a Chihuahua sheds depends on their coat type. Double-coated, long-haired Chihuahuas may shed more during certain seasons. Because they’re so small, Chihuahuas shed much less than large dog breeds, reducing clean-up efforts and lessening potential allergens.

Chihuahuas have a rounded head, bright eyes, and radar-like ears. They come in smooth and long-coated varieties, stand six to nine inches tall, and weigh two to seven pounds. They’re small yet energetic, proving that great things come in small packages.

Chihuahua Temperament

Learn about about the Chihuahua temperament and how well they fit into your lifestyle, home environment, and family.

Yes, Chihuahuas can be good with kids. Chihuahuas are devoted, friendly dogs who make good pets for kids if they are socialized, trained, and treated with respect. Because of their fragility, they make better pets for families with older children who can be taught to be very gentle with them.


These tiny dogs have huge personalities but they are also more fragile than their confidence might have you believe. Families with infants, toddlers, and young children might have difficulty introducing a Chihuahua to their household because little kids do not always understand how to handle animals properly.


As with any breed, your child should always be supervised when interacting with your Chihuahua to keep both the child and dog safe.